The other day on a 6-hour flight, I decided to create a list of 100 ways that I could make $10,000 in under 30 days. It was a creative exercise, but I wanted to turn it into something that would be helpful to you.

Which is why we’re here. I want to tell you about 10 of the 15 methods I have used in the past to generate at least $10,000 in PROFIT (not revenue) in under 30 days.

But first I want to normalize my “100 ways” list that I made on my flight. See, my new obsession in life is making various “100 ways” lists: for personal development, creativity, relationship building, and business.

Here are some example lists (directly from my notebook) for context:

  • 100 Places I Want to Travel for Historical or Cultural Reasons 🌍
  • 100 Ways to Offer Amazing Customer Service 🎉 in My Business
  • 100 Vegan Breakfasts I Want to Make 🥥
  • 100 Stakeholders Who My Decisions, Productivity, and (Executed on) Values Affect 💡
  • 100 Ways I Can Respond to Someone Who is Being Rude or Passive Aggressive That Will Add Positivity Instead of Take Away 🧘🏽‍♀️
  • 100 Books and Movies That Had a Philosophical Impact on Me 🤔
  • 100 (Legal 😉) Ways to Make $10,000 in Under 30 Days
  • 100 Ways for (Almost) Anyone to Make an Extra $1,000 in Under 30 Days 💰

So, you see? Totally normal that I was making this list on my flight, right? Right. Let’s move on to the reason we’re here today.

In order to give you more context around the various ways of making $10K+ in profit (shown below), I’m going to share:

  • What I was selling
  • How much I charged for the product or service
  • How much I made (in profit) and in what time frame
  • If I used paid advertisements or not (which I did not for most of the methods below)
  • A few notes on how you might make each method work for your business

A few fun facts that will help you know whether or not you’re spending time with the right article and person today (👋🏽, I’m Regina, by the way):

  • I own a profitable health and wellness website (it makes a few thousand dollars per month), so I don’t *only* know how to make money from a business about making money
  • I’m a registered yoga teacher; I’m at least 30% hippie, whatever that means
  • I studied business in school and have started many profitable in-person and online businesses since college
  • I taught a live, online, 4-day graphic design course that made over $100,000 in profit
  • Every year for the past 4 years, at least $250,000 of my business revenue has come from teaching online (through live, previously recorded, and even text-based courses)

Okay, let’s get started for real for real. I’ve generated at least $10,000 in profit in under 30 days:

1. Using a single blog post to explain and pitch my program ($17,000 in profit)

Product:

A 10-week online program to help people set up a meaningful blog

Price point:

$350 (this was low, but it was my first time offering a program like this so I was scared to charge more)

Pitch:

A single blog post on the program; no sales page, just an application link at the end of the blog post

Profit:

$17,000 in a week the first time I offered it, then $32,000 the second time, and it grew from there; Note: the revenue was higher, but I’m subtracting expenses and giving you profit because I don’t want to be misleading

Did I use paid advertisements?:

No

How you might make this work for your business?:

Instead of a blog post you could create a Facebook Live, an Instagram Live, an IGTV episode, a podcast episode, a YouTube video, or other content. Obviously, if you are a solid writer/communicator, a blog post, article, or in-depth guide could be your chosen content form as well.

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Creating a compelling piece of content that motivates your audience in the most logical ways based on who they are and what you’re selling. This is something I talk about inThe Flexible Funnel™️ Kit (explained later in this article).
  2. Building up a consistent and reliable source of new people finding your piece of content. I used search engine optimization (so people were finding it for free), but you are not limited to traditional SEO. You can create ads that direct people to your content, you can collaborate with another person/entity and have them direct people to your content, you can retarget audience members you already have if you’ve previously built an audience on Instagram or an email list, etc.


2. Hosting a live online masterclass with an application people filled out during the event ($18,000 in profit)

Note: I’ve done this masterclass multiple times, so I’ll just review a specific month I used this method below.

Product:

A 1-on-1 call and 10 live group lessons on creating a signature program

Price point:

$1,000

Pitch:

At various points throughout the live masterclass (2 – 3 hours of training online), I encouraged people to fill out the application for the program and explained what the program was

Profit:

$18,000 in about two weeks the first time I offered it; Note: the revenue was higher, but I’m subtracting expenses and giving you profit because you’re smart and you know that’s what really matters

Did I use paid advertisements?:

No

How you might make this work for your business?:

If you have a program or service that sells at a mid-range to higher price point (relative to your audience), you might want to consider putting together a training that is way more valuable and motivating than whatever your audience could get elsewhere.

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Selling something that is DIY (do it yourself) or DWY (done with you), instead of something that is DFY (done for you). In general, the types of people who want a DFY service don’t want to sit through a 2- or 3-hour training on how to do it themselves. I think that 1:1 calls (among other methods) are a better approach to selling DFY services.
  2. Inside The Flexible Funnel™️ Kit, I share an outline/template of how you can craft a powerful masterclass, hold people’s attention, and pitch your program (product/service) with or without an application process.


3. Publishing an Instagram Stories ad that linked directly to a sales page ($9,150 in profit)

Example Instagram Stories ad
This is an example Instagram Stories ad that I designed during one of our masterclasses, but is not my actual ad.

Note: I’ve done ads straight to a sales page or checkout page that have brought in more (as well as less) profit than this instance, but I believe this particular sales method is the most relevant and helpful to you.

Product:

A single 1-on-1 call with me for 75 to 90 minutes (as in: at first I was offering 90 minutes, then I changed them to 75 when I discovered 90 was too long for me, for this type of call) where we discussed the launch of your newest product or service

Pitch:

The ad itself was the pitch; when people clicked on the ad, they went to a brief description page that shared what we would accomplish on the 1:1 call. This page had a picture of me on it (similar to the picture they just saw in the ad) and shared a button to purchase the call.

Price point:

~$200 (this is a low price, on purpose, for a strategy call such as this)

Profit:

$9,150 in about two weeks the first time I ran this particular ad; Note: the revenue was a little over $9,500, but I spent $350 on ads

Did I use paid advertisements?:

Yes (screenshot below); in this instance, I targeted specific people on Instagram who had interacted with my account recently

I spent $350 on the Instagram Stories ad that helped me generate $9,500 in revenue

How you might make this work for your business?

The keys to making this work are using this strategy when:

  1. You have a low price offer (relative to your audience); or
  2. You are retargeting people with your ad who’ve taken an action that shows interest in you and your services/products (ex: they’ve interacted with you on Instagram, or visited your website, or watched at least 25% of a Facebook Live you recently hosted, or signed up for your email list, etc.); or
  3. You are showing the ad to your best customers who have purchased from you in the past; or
  4. You are showing the ad to a pre-set audience that you have narrowed down (through targeting) to a group of people likely to take action on your offer based on their interests, actions, and needs that you can target on Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram/YouTube/Pinterest ads


4. Posting inside a Facebook Group I host to generate $50,000 in profit in under a week

Note: The Facebook Group is a virtual space for online business owners that I founded and used to host by myself, but is now co-hosted with 7 other experts

Product:

A bundle of pre-recorded courses to help people start creating workshops and other educational products online

Price point:

$500 – $1,300 (I offered the product to my Facebook Group at a massive discount but continued to add content to the bundle and increase the price over the next several months)

Pitch:

The FB group post itself was the pitch. The post shared that I had a new program that I was only offering to my group members (for a limited time); they were told that no one else knew about the program yet (which was true, obviously) and were invited to click through to a sales page with more info and a discounted price.

Profit:

$50,000 in about 5 days the first time I posted about it; the first $10,000 in profit was generated within about an hour of the post; the product generated about $200,000 in profit in total before I stopped selling it

Did I use paid advertisements?:

No

How you might make this work for your business?

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Build a lively, safe space for people interested in your topic/niche to come converse with each other and with you. You’ll want to build this ahead of time (whether on Facebook, Mighty Networks, Slack, or some other platform) and regularly teach, share, and learn from your members.
  2. Be patient and use this as a long-term strategy if it fits with your business model. There are many ways to sell and pitch (which is the whole point of this article), so this one might not fit you, or . . . it might be the most amazing option for you.

 


5. Hosting a small “online conference” by myself for $21,000 in profit in about 7 days

Host an online conference

Note: I’ve used this strategy multiple times before, so I’ll just review a specific month I used this method below.

Product:

A pre-recorded online challenge to help people sell their first information product

Price point:

$99 – $249 (the product was at its lowest price when it was first introduced, but increased in price every day until I stopped selling it)

Pitch:

I pitched this product by hosting a free 7-day online conference on topics related to the product. I conducted the conference sessions myself each day and shared the sales page (and a discount code) for the product from each one.

Profit:

$21,000 in about a week the first time I offered it; Note: the revenue was higher, but I don’t remember if I ran ads or not (there were no other related expenses), so I’m subtracting about $1,000; at the time I released this, I had never spent more than ~$500 on ads

Did I use paid advertisements?:

I can’t remember, but if I did, it would have been fewer than 500 dollars

How you might make this work for your business?:

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Crafting an online conference/experience that is useful and meaningful to your audience so that they will be motivated to show up for the free trainings.
  2. Being clear and consistent in how you pitch the paid product you are selling during the live conference.
  3. Hosting sessions that match the mood/mode your audience wants to and needs to be in . . . in order to take further action and purchase your product or service.
  4. Giving yourself enough lead time to properly promote and attract people to the free conference. I help you with this inside The Flexible Funnel™️ Kit, which I will tell you more about below.


6. Paid, intimate live group classes (with registration capped to keep the “virtual” room small) that typically generate an extra $10,000+ each month I do them

Note: I’ve done these live classes multiple, multiple times, so I’ll just review a specific month I used this method below.

Product:

A self-paced course on growing your email list

Price point:

$500

Pitch:

I pitched the product (a self-paced online course) during an intimate live group class that people paid to be on. So the class itself earned me $2,700 in profit, and I was able to sell several more spots in my main product . . . which usually always pushes me over the $10,000 in profit mark within a few days of the paid live session

Profit:

$10,000+ each time I use this strategy

Did I use paid advertisements?:

Not typically in the past, but I’m starting to invest a few hundred dollars each time now that I know this is a profitable pitch method

How you might make this work for your business?:

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Being honest with people ahead of time that you will be sharing an offer or opportunity with them during the live session. People shouldn’t show up and be surprised by your pitch.
  2. Creating a unique and meaningful experience for your attendees. I typically like to either teach for a short time during these sessions (say: 30 minutes), then go back and forth coaching the members in attendance, or I like to teach for a little longer (say: 60+ minutes) and open up the room to hot seats or questions from a few attendees.
  3. Leaving some of the training and growth to your paid product/service so people who want more will still be motivated to “upgrade” to your deeper experience.


7. Sales email (and special follow-up sequence for people who express interest) that typically generates $11,000 – $16,000 in additional profit each month when I use it

Use smart emails to sell better

Note: I use this particular type of sales email and special interest sequence frequently . . . to sell different weekend workshops or multi-day intensives, so I’ll just review them as a whole below.

Product:

A 3-day online bootcamp with multiple live sessions that people can attend from their couch/office/favorite coffee shop (topics have varied from writing good emails or creating videos to setting up a funnel or teaching profitable online workshops)

Price point:

$100 – $1,000, depending on the depth of the workshops

Profit:

$11,000 – $16,000 in 1 – 7 days each time I offer them

Did I use paid advertisements?:

Typically, no, but lately I’ve been doing a few hundred in ad spend to retarget people who have visited our website, signed up for our email list, or visited my Instagram/Facebook page recently

How you might make this work for your business?

The keys to making this work are:

  1. Building up your email list more and more with the types of people who are willing to pay you for your help and are deeply invested in their own growth. I often recommend selling some inexpensive product to your audience after they join your email list to give them that initial great experience of buying from you.
  2. Writing powerful sales emails that speak to the type of audience you have on your email list. Some of my most powerful sales emails don’t really “sell” at all–they tell a story or teach something and invite people to go further in my product or service.
  3. Inside The Flexible Funnel™️ Kit, I share 10 different types of sales emails with you.


Other pitch methods I’ve used (that I expand on inside of The Flexible Funnel™️ Kit):

8. 👉🏽 $100,000 in profit from an online workshop series in ~30 days

9. 👉🏽 $25,000+/year* in profit (for 3 years) using a demo video to sell an evergreen, passive income product

*Note: The demo video only accounts for part of this profit, but it’s impossible to track exactly how much

10. 👉🏽 ~$9,000 in 3 days using 1-on-1 calls (where I pre-qualify the people booking sessions) and typically have at least an 80% conversion rate


👉🏽 Want an 8-day course (it’s free!) on creating and selling information products…from scratch? You’ll be able to package your knowledge, coaching skills, and experience together in ways that allow you to help more people at once.

P.S. I am seriously open to debate on this topic. I will present my views but I am deeply interested in learning from the ways other people see the world.

There is one reason (you—if you’re someone who is busy building a meaningful course) I was inspired to write this, and I have a few quick illustrations below to show my reasoning. Hopefully you won’t hate me when it’s over.


Why I’m strongly against online course and digital product refund policies that make people do X amount of work or jump through fiery hoops to get a refund.

You.

I write this blog for you. I create tools for you. I stay up at night dreaming, scheming, and creating for you. Not just in the “I say this because this is how online marketers are supposed to talk” way, but in the “No, literally, I relate to where you are and who you are, and where I had to come from to create various businesses and products I love” kinda way.

Refund policies that make clients submit worksheets, and modules, and proof of this and that and the other rub me the wrong way.

If your entire audience consists of people who don’t care about money at all, then cool.

If you have people in your audience that care about spending their money on things they get value out of, or who are on a specific budget, or who may, despite your wishes and requests, spend their last dollar on your program, then hmm.
Continue “Think Twice About Your Online Course’s Refund Policy”

These are the words I will pass on to my daughter or son (if I have a child in the future) should they ask me about how to be successful, or start a meaningful business, or build a purposeful life.

I have actual tears in my eyes as I begin to write these words. Partially because I was humbled and unable to speak after reading your comments on yesterday’s post (thank you, forever), and partially because I am overwhelmed with the simple, powerful truth I’m about to share.

These words probably won’t be new to you. No words really can be. But it’s the decision to embrace and apply them that matters.

Raise your hand if you are like I am when it comes to ideas—you have 1.3 million of them . . . every single time you blink or inhale.

They crowd your mind, excite you, drive you, wake you up, prevent you from sleeping, and honestly . . . eventually overwhelm you.

Your ideas are great. And any one of them CAN work. Any one of them CAN be the thing that helps you create a lifestyle where you’re able to breathe, take breaks, provide for your family in new ways, actually go on a vacation, etc. ANY single one of your ideas can do that.

But they’re likely all missing the thing that all of my ideas were missing a few years ago before I started this brand.

Consistency and smallness.

“Mom, what can I do to be great? Even when all the odds are against me?” asks my fictional child. Let’s name him Emmanuel—obviously we can all refer to him as Manny. Or, “The Man.”

“Son,” I reply slowly. “Be consistent, and be small. Every single day.”


Be consistent.

Show up. Consistently.
Keep creating content.
Speak passionately to a crowd of 0.
Until you’re speaking passionately to a crowd of 3. That’s 3 whole people, with whole lifetimes of experience and memories, who have chosen to tune into your words. That’s an honor.

Create. Consistently.
When everyone else has gone to bed.
When everyone else has stopped paying attention to your dreams.
When absolutely no one seems to care.
When someone has recommended to you that you stop or that you move onto something more logical (to them—major eyeroll emoji).

Love. Consistently.
Until your love finds the community of people it’s most needed by.
Until people can’t help but take your concern for them seriously.
Until someone, somewhere believes in themselves again.

Listen. Consistently.
Not just until you hear the one thing you choose to respond to.
Not just until it gets uncomfortable.
Not only for the sake of appearances.
Not only to focus on how someone else’s words make you feel. But also to focus on how they feel.
But also to understand what people need from you.
But also to know what to create consistently, where to show up consistently, and how to love consistently.

Be small, son.

In the way you approach an important goal.
Because if you focus only on the grand dream . . .
And if you focus only on the one outcome you’re hoping for . . .
And if you care most about the final destination . . .
Then you miss the opportunity to take the steps to get there.
Then you miss the stops along the way that were meaningful and beautiful for you and for others.
Then you miss the signs that were pointing another direction—where more purpose and greatness were hiding.
Continue “Be consistent and small. That’s how you win at business.”

So basically, I instituted a practice a while back that completely altered the amount and quality of work I was able to get done. It’s a practice I’ve recently picked back up here in Mexico, where I live now . . . and it is doing wonders for my productivity, mental clarity, sanity, and content. Wonders.

I want to share this magical, mystical practice.

In a short blog post. And if you know me, that like . . . never happens. So let’s hop straight into this cool method/thing.

It’s called making content creation the first thing you do in the morning. Before Twitter, before getting fully ready for the day, before investing time in your day job, before all of it.

And yes, I do understand that you have a crazy, busy life. I promise I really do get it. But it’s just like working out. We all know we need to do it, but if we never prioritize it and try to leave it as the last thing we do for the day, it never gets done.

So, even if you just wake up 30 minutes earlier, or alter your routine to fit in an extra 15 minutes or so in the morning for yourself, I hope you can find a way to make this work.

Prioritizing content in the morning means that:

  • You haven’t been influenced by any outside sources yet that day. Your mind is fresh. It’s more focused on who you really are . . . it hasn’t had time to take on the other personalities and crazy thoughts that hop in our heads each day as emotional creatives.
  • You’re less likely to create content that’s an accidental copy of something you’ve seen. Especially if you follow the #1 rule of this practice: Don’t consume any content at all, other than your own, before you get started for the day.
  • Your emails and responsibilities haven’t taken over yet.
  • You will feel more productive that day to have gotten in an early win.
  • Your quality of life will likely increase if you’re able to create more amazing content and feel better about your progress toward your goals.

Here are the 10 most epic suggestions ever (#humblebrag) of what you can create or do during your morning time:

1. Write a letter to yourself.
And by “letter,” I of course mean “email to the future.” You can use a tool like FutureMe.org if you’re like me . . . in denial about the validity of journaling each day.

FutureMe.org even has an app. You can open it up (or use the desktop version) and write yourself a quick note that will be delivered at some time in the future that you get to specify (1 month, 1 year, 5 years, etc.).

What happened yesterday? What milestones have you met in your business? What are you hoping to launch or do in the near future? Why does it matter? Who is important in your life right now and why?

Remind yourself to be patient, mindful, forgiving, and kind to yourself and others.

No lie. Every single email from the past me to the future me has made me cry. Has made me stop in my tracks. Has refocused me. Has delighted me. Has reminded me of what’s important.

2. Create an outline for an epic piece of content.
Whether you want to outline an epic article, blog post, or guide using this resource planning post as a guide, or you want to start planning how to change one of your blog posts into a book, or you want to start planning your first workshop . . . take 15 – 45 minutes in the morning to create a detailed outline of your content.

3. Draft an email to your email list.
When your mind is more raw, real, and fresh, take the time to draft an email to your list. Something real, something that includes a story, something that communicates your heart and passion for what you do.

If the email isn’t complete by the time you finish writing that morning, keep it in a special Google Doc in the cloud (or a folder somewhere that makes sense for you) so that you can write more when you feel like it or come pull from this doc when you have a thought that relates and can complete your email.

4. Write part of a book.
Legit. This is the only way I was able to write and publish my first book when I had other full-time responsibilities. It was the hardest, most rewarding thing ever. EVER.

5. Write out one activity you’re going to do that day for yourself on top of your daily goals or in your day planner.
Is it working out and building toward your summer six pack? Is it getting a pedicure? Is it going out with a girl you have a crush on? Is it going to bed early enough to read two chapters of your current book?

Prioritize something, even if it’s small, that replenishes you or gives you a moment of peace in a long day.

6. Create a blog post.
Take one of the outlines you created on a separate morning and fill it in with your epic morning mind.

7. Write a video script.
Whether you are creating a video tutorial that you’ll have to narrate, or you want to create a cool new video series with quick tips and solid information, your video probably needs some sort of a script . . . even if it’s only bullet points for you to follow as you talk.

Having your script pre-written will make it THAT much more likely that you actually get those video ideas you’ve planned out done.

8. Write part of your course materials or part of your sales page.
Most of the time, you can’t build a quality course in a day. So, instead, break up its creation over as many mornings/days as you need to.

If you already have a course or another product you sell, write or tweak your sales page or a cool bonus that you can use to generate interest in your product.

9. Re-assess and write down your top 3 work goals and top 3 life goals (plus their “why”—the reason they matter) as they occur to you that morning.
I know. I know. You are already super clear on all your goals, ever. But, just in case you want to constantly audit and check yourself (so you don’t get sucked in to an online cult), write down what’s important to you as of that moment. Make sure all of your goals have a real reason/purpose that you can identify, and then verify that your immediate goals (of the day/week/month) line up with your purpose statements.

10. Write some fiction.
Yeah. Give your mind something creative to work on outside of your business. Something you don’t have to monetize. (So, if you’re a professional fiction writer, you’re going to want to do something outside of your normal work. Something that doesn’t have pressure associated with it. A poem? An article? Some travel tips? Whatever pops in your head.)


Pssssst. You can totally create content other than written content in the mornings. Sometimes I simply:

  • design a graphic
  • record a screen tutorial
  • record an audio file
  • continue my morning project from the day before
  • etc. {translation: get creative with your “Morning Milestones”}

If you’re not already doing this with your mornings, I really do think you will enjoy it, because no matter how crazy your day gets afterward, you will have gotten some business and personal growth stuff done.

10 Epic Writing Activities for Entrepreneurs

I hope you enjoyed these quick ideas for what you can do in the morning to feel + be epic and productive.

I re-started doing this because as lovely as it is to have a coworking office (when I’m in Austin or when I’m here in México), if I show up there first thing in the morning, the convo, or the structure of the facility, or my general responsibilities take over . . . and then I get frustrated with myself for not accomplishing as much as I wanted to.

I’m probably not the only one, right? Tell me. What do you do in the mornings? How do you achieve the level of productivity you’re shooting for?

Today, I will endeavor to explain something that I hope truly, truly, truly helps you. Something that will likely provide some clarity and much needed truth about the sometimes confusing blogging and online marketing world.

It’s all about how not to get sucked in by this six-figure blogger “trend” going around.

And yes, I’m gonna lose some friends (correction: “friends”), upset some people, and remove the chance to ever collaborate with certain people after this . . . but zero flips are given about that because I’m not here for them, I’m here for you and this post may help someone, hopefully, avoid a business-draining, fund-draining, attitude-deflating decision in the future.

To be clear before we begin, not all bloggers who make 6-figures fit the things I’m about to say. Some of us have brands, and friends, and audiences, and content that are really important to us and the income was a natural progression of that plus a lot of hard work.

The “6-figure suck-in” really refers to the super annoying trend to publish income reports that are misleading, to title your courses and resources in a way that implies an unrealistic promise, and the wave of people caught feeling like they NEED to make 6-figures or NEED to reach a certain income amount in a certain time or else they’re failures.

I’ll illustrate.

Here are 7 characteristics of brand owners to keep in mind as you make purchasing decisions and as you process how you’re feeling about your own business.

Again, not all 6- or 7- or 8-figure bloggers are bad and out to get you, but the bloggers who want to suck you in share a few things in common . . .

1. They put VERY misleading numbers + words in the titles of their courses, workshops, and other resources.


How to Go from Zero to $10K in 30 Days
Create 6-Figure Webinars
How to Build Your 6-Figure Coaching Business


It’s all a sneaky/chill form of an implied promise. It is my #1 pet peeve and I get so many emails from others who hate it too.

Can the average motivated person really go from $0 to $10K in the 30 days they take your course? How many people have created 6-figure webinars after implementing the tips in your class? Are people truly going to learn all they need to in your “6-figure” coaching business webinar that lasts 45 minutes and is just a sales attempt for your $2,200 offering?

Like. Really. I’m truly asking you this question dear brand owner.

How about telling us how YOU created $100K in income from a webinar after 10 years in business and 55 other webinars? That’s a course I might take.

Or how about “How 5 Years and a $20K Investment Helped Me Make 6-Figures” . . .? That sounds more believable.

When you read these titles and tweets, try not to get sucked in or feel a certain way about your business. Honestly, there are so many other factors that play into people’s success than the facts and figures they fit onto their sales pages and opt-in advertisements.

Were you urgently searching for a resource on creating 6-figure webinars before you found that one guy’s course? If not, keep moving . . . don’t make a purchasing decision in that moment. Sign up for some of his free stuff . . . stuff where he doesn’t try to sell you a $1,000 offering.


2. They seemingly ignore the fact that they do not blog about anything close to what you do . . . all while making implied promises about your results.

And now, let’s talk about how even if they titled their course “How I Made 7-Figures from a Blog” . . . they blog about marketing through webinars, not the power of a whole food lifestyle, or parenting twins, or getting in shape, or whatever it is you care about and blog about.

I have had three blogs in my time on the Internet that I’ve monetized successfully . . . a writing blog, a design blog, and this creative business and infopreneurship blog. I do believe that I can help people with other interests than these, but I’m not going to title my course $0 to $100K Blogging.

Check out the outline and modules of the courses you are considering . . . are they unintentionally teaching things that only make sense for their industry and not yours? Try to judge their ability to truly help you before being caught up in the magic of the statistics they publish.


3. They don’t accurately represent how much work is required.

Just to make sure I’m not crazy, I’ve had a secret project going on. I’ve been establishing another, separate, secret blog based on all the principles I learned after building hundreds of sites for customers, running 10+ blogs of my own, and monetizing 3 of my blogs.

It’s STILLLLLLLL hard work. It is STILL hard to write the number of posts I wanted to before launching. It’s still a lot of work to create custom images for every resource. It still takes energy to write good stuff. And you know what? It’s still fun.

I don’t want to trade in the hard work for some super magical unreal formula for success. Hahahahahaha. The concept of a formula for success is ridiculous. Maybe math works the same way every time, maybe a science experiment always has the same results, but a life, content that comes from your heart, the Internet, they don’t play out the same way for everyone. They just don’t.


4. They don’t accurately report their income.

Y’all. It’s most likely because they really don’t know any better, so I don’t say this to be rude, but . . .

Some people are literally using made up accounting methods in their income reports. There are two generally accepted accounting methods: cash-based accounting and accrual-based accounting (a.k.a. the cash method and the accrual method). I’ll explain them briefly.
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